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Friday, November 8, 2013

Protecting Student Athletes from Sexual Assault and Lobbyist Disclosure on the House Agenda Next Week

Protecting Student Athletes from Sexual Assault and Lobbyist Disclosure on the House Agenda Next Week

A live web stream of House session and the majority of committee meetings is available at PAHouseGOP.com. Important information and events may also be viewed by visiting Facebook.com/PAHouseGOP.

Protecting kids from sexual predators

The House will consider a bill to create a new offense of “sexual assault by a sports official.” House Bill 112 (Rep. Mike Vereb, R-Montgomery County) targets sports officials, such as coaches, athletic trainers, team attendants and managers by providing that it is unlawful for these individuals to engage in sexual intercourse, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a child under 18 years of age who is participating in the sports program.

This legislation was re-drafted from a bill which passed the House unanimously last session (House Bill 1397). The need for the new law can be illustrated by the case of William “Billy” Gordon, a private volleyball coach and personal trainer from Montgomery County who was arrested and convicted for having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl he had coached and mentored. According to court records, the victim would frequently visit the coach’s home for physical condition training. The assaults took place in the coach’s home and a nearby park; the victim had known the assailant for about four years.

Parents entrust their children to the care of coaches and other athletic personnel serving sports teams which are part of recreational leagues and other organizations outside of the school environment. These organizations operate a variety of sports programs for children and include activities such as youth soccer, Little League baseball and volleyball.

Strengthening lobbyist disclosure

Enhancing the penalties found in the Lobbyist Disclosure Law is the point of House Bill 744 (Rep. Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster County). The legislation would stiffen penalties for the failure to comply with a law designed to inform the public of who is influencing their government and how they are influencing state policymakers.

The Weekly Schedule

Identified by bill number, the sponsors and summaries for bills scheduled to be considered in committee or on the House floor are posted below. More information regarding these bills can be found at PAHouseGOP.com by clicking on the “Research Bills” tab.

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3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Why is this law needed? All it does it say a illegal activity is still illegal.

Anonymous said...

Why you ask. Because the liberal democrats are pushing to get the consent age for sex lowered. They also want the birth control pill,the morning after pill given out at schools and abortions given to children starting at the age of 12. All without telling the parents!

Anonymous said...

It does seem like overkill. The laws already exist with heavy mandatory minimums. I would think they could take the time and money to work on things not being addressed.
It just seems like a way for a politician to get their name in the public eye by beating a dead horse that has little opposition.